The Rev. Jesse Jackson said defeated 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton really “won the election” against Republican President Donald Trump last November — and that “it was stolen.”
Jackson made his remarks Thursday during a labor breakfast at the annual conference of his organization, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, in Chicago.
Here are Jackson’s words in context before introducing Tom Perez, head of the Democratic National Committee:
“To have a head of our party who is sensitive to the plight of working people is the order of this day,” Jackson said. “Don’t forget — when you lose, you tend to amplify ‘woulda, coulda, shoulda.’ When you win, you cover up your sins. Don’t let anybody fool you, we worked last year, we won the election. It was stolen.”
A hesitant and mild applause followed — and Jackson continued:
From John F. Kennedy to Nixon to Carter to Ford to Clinton to Barack, if any of them had to face the impact of … Russian interference in such a bold way … the foolishness of the Electoral College and the interference of the FBI … none of them … Hillary won in spite of having a 3-million vote lead. So we’re not gonna let anybody break our spirit. We’re gonna keep fighting back. A big election is coming up this year, and we intend to win.
With that, Jackson introduced Perez.
You can watch Jackson’s above remarks — just after the 38-minute mark — on the Rainbow PUSH Coalition’s YouTube page.
Below is a shorter version of his remarks: